NHL Players are required to wear Helmets for two reasons. One is if the fall, of corse. And two is because of the Hitting. One thing though is that the NHL Goaltenders do NOT need to wear a helmet. As the "NHL Rules" only said that "Goaltenders are highly suggested to wear a sort of protective helmet" which means they don't have to if they don't want to. But if they come into the game with one they must wear it during the game but if they show up without one no one can stop him from playing because of it.
They wear helmets, chest gaurds, skates.
Some NHL goaltenders do wear some form of neck protection, but it is not required equipment for 'skaters'.
no nhl players do not wear 00 because it is not a valid number
mostley the stuff hockey players wear today except less protective. They also used wooden sticks [of course] and they didn't wear helmets or mouthgards.
NHL players started wearing helmets as soon as the the 1928-29 season when Boston Bruins' player George Owen wore one. However, they carried a negative stigma that they did not begin to shed until after Bill Masterson died after suffering severe brain trauma in 1968. After that players began wearing helmets more often and in 1979 the league mandated that any players who signed professional contracts after that date would be required to wear a helmet. Players already playing in the league were exempt from this new rule. Craig McTavish would be the last player to play in the NHL without a helmet, retiring after the 1996-97 season.
In August 1979, then president of the National Hockey League (NHL), John Ziegler, announced that protective helmets would become mandatory in the NHL. "The introduction of the helmet rule will be an additional safety factor," he said. The only exception to the rule are players -- after signing a waiver form -- who signed pro contracts prior to 1 June 1979.
no, but many are starting. as of 2010, about 10 % wear them, but I guess in 5-10 years almost all will be. These helmets aren't fully concussion proof though, but they do help.
Some players on the Ducks....
The 1979 NHL Draft class was the first group of players who had to wear a protective helmet. Veteran players, those in the league prior to 1979 were able to continue playing without helmets. The last player in the league to play under the "helmetless grandfather clause" was Craig MacTavish in 1997.
They dont wear girdles they wear pants